WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release new cleaner tailpipe standards that will reduce smog-forming pollution, save lives and improve public health. These new safeguards will require that oil refineries reduce the sulfur content of gasoline and that automakers use advanced technology to slash tailpipe emissions of health-threatening air pollution. Today more than one in three American children live where air is dangerous to breathe because of smog, particulate matter, and other hazardous pollutants, much of which come from the tailpipes of our cars and trucks.
In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director, issued the following statement:
“With these expected cleaner tailpipe standards, President Obama is taking a strong step to protect our public health and secure his clean energy legacy. We have the technology to clean up our fuels and our cars and it’s critical that we put them to work to ensure Americans have the safe, breathable air they deserve.
“Cutting smog and other toxic air pollution will help American children breath cleaner air and will save lives. These new standards will save billions annually in health costs and will help free American families from some of the crippling effects of respiratory disease, asthma attacks and other severe health problems.
“Everyone from automakers and auto workers to public health agencies and the American public recognize the connection between cleaner cars, jobs, children’s health, and a stronger economy. The only ones against these standards are the oil companies, who oppose anything that requires them to clean up their act. Moving forward with these clean air protections is a commonsense step to improve public health and clean up our cars, while holding Big Oil accountable for their polluting ways.”